Environment and Society

Environment and Society is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific foundation needed to excel in environmental planning, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, sustainable development, environmental education, and other fields. Topics explored include climate change, sustainability, policy development and implementation, environmental economics, resource rights, law and regulation, environmental ethics, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts.

Students are encouraged to participate in collaborative environmental research and service projects with government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses and other environmental actors such as state and national park systems.


The Environment and Society minor is housed in the Sociology Department, and coordinated with the Political Science Department. The Environment and Society minor works in tandem with the Environmental Health minor (School of Health Sciences) and the Climate Change/Sustainability minor (Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences) to ensure the best programmatic fit for each student.

The Environment and Society minor collaborates with the Climate Change Initiative to advance UML’s Climate Action Plan, and to serve the region, the state, and beyond.


Charlotte Ryan, Sociology Dept. 
Email: Charlotte_Ryan@uml.edu 

A minor in Environment and Society requires completion of a minimum number of credits.

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Environment & Society Courses for fall, 2017